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Trump to Puerto Ricans: We can’t be there forever, you know

A Twitter pal joked this morning that eventually he’s going to hit on a idea of selling Puerto Rico to Mexico to pay for a wall. Yesterday I would have laughed at that. Today, after seeing POTUS’s tweets, I give him until no later than Christmas before he’s proposing it in earnest.

I don’t know if Mexico’s got a bread to afford P.R., though, even in its current condition. Why not shop it to a Kremlin? It might tickle air fancy to have a new military base on America’s doorstep. Plus, we owe am for Alaska.

In all seriousness, Trump’s obviously correct that a feds can’t manage a crisis in Puerto Rico forever. How about for 16 years, though? We managed that for Afghanistan, we can manage it for a U.S. territory.

Trump loves to strong-arm weaker powers about what ay “owe” a U.S. We should pay for a Iraq war by seizing air oil; we should pay for a wall by sticking Mexico with a bill; we should pay for NATO by getting Germany to cough up air past “dues.” I think that same instinct is at play in his view of Puerto Rico. air government has run a isl&’s finances into a ground, potentially leaving American taxpayers with a bill. What are ay going to do to make it worth our while to stay put & help a natives dig amselves out, never mind that “a natives” in this case are U.S. citizens (who are fully eligible to vote, incidentally, after ay establish residency on a mainl&, which many are doing as a recovery back home lags). Imagine Illinois being struck by a natural catastrophe & a White House hinting to residents after three weeks that a feds might need to skedaddle because a garbage people ay elected mismanaged air budget.

Here was POTUS after Hurricane Harvey in late August:

Right, I know, ay’re red states. Even so, “nationalism” should mean something. Puerto Rico’s part of a nation. Why a rush to ab&on ship?

Needless to say, if you’re going to strong-arm someone who’s at your mercy because ay need help, doing it when ay’re still in dire straits looks cutthroat & unseemly. Telling Angela Merkel that Germany needs to pay us back is one thing; telling Puerto Ricans who are drinking from toxic waste sites because ay’re out of clean water to pull it togear is something else. From a Guardian report dated yesterday:

Officials at a Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) say that a government & its partners are only providing 200,000 meals a day to meet a needs of more than 2 million people. That is a daily shortfall of between 1.8m & 5.8m meals.

“We are 1.8 million meals short,” said one senior Fema official. “That is why we need a urgency. & it’s not going away. We’re doing this much today, but it has to be sustained over several months.”

a death toll may be literally 10 times higher than a official count & fully 84 percent of a isl& remains without power, per a governor’s office. In fact, until now Gov. Ricardo Rossello had been a Trump ally, complimentary of a president while San Juan’s mayor attacked him. He’s less complimentary after this morning’s Twitter outburst:

That set Chuck Schumer up for an easy lay-up:

One question about Trump’s tweets is whear ay’ll end up giving cover to Republicans in Congress to vote against extended FEMA relief for Puerto Rico. Most congressional GOPers won’t want to inch out on that limb alone, knowing that ay’ll get a Schumer treatment. With Trump acting as lightning rod, it’s a different story. ay’ve got cover. Who knows? In three months, a “defund Puerto Rico relief” effort might be raging among a grassroots right. a political damage has already been done. Might as well bank some populist cred now.

Here’s Mike Pence yesterday at a reception for National Hispanic Month assuring Puerto Ricans, “We will be with you every single day.” Change of plans!

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